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Obama to veto legislation — unanimously passed by Congress

Friday, September 23, 2016 9:43
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Obama  set  to  veto  9/11  victims’  bid  to  sue  Saudis


September 23, 2016
Washington (AFP) – Barack Obama will, on Friday, veto legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, risking public outrage and the first congressional override of his presidency.
The White House confirmed Thursday that Obama would veto the legislation — unanimously passed by Congress — allowing 9/11 families to launch civil suits against Riyadh.
“We believe this is a bad bill,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “It’s why the president’s going to veto it.”
The White House argues the legislation would undermine sovereign immunity and potentially expose US officials and service members to litigation. That technical legal argument will struggle to be heard over emotive accusations that Obama is putting relations with Saudi Arabia before 9/11 victims.
Republican nominee Donald Trump has already tried to paint Obama and his would-be successor Hillary Clinton as weak on terrorism.
Clinton has preemptively voiced support for congressional efforts “to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terror to hold accountable those responsible,” according to Jesse Lehrich, a campaign spokesman.
But with the ‘election’ less than 50 days away, the Republican-led Congress will try to deal Obama a significant political blow by overriding his veto.  Such overrides are rare and this one would show the White House to be almost cripplingly weak as Obama tries to tick off remaining legislative goals in the twilight of his presidency.
Obama has issued 11 vetoes so far in his presidency, none of which have garnered the two-thirds opposition needed for an override.
But Republicans will need the backing of Democratic lawmakers, who the White House is lobbying furiously.
Congressional sources said Thursday that White House appeals to security minded senators like Dianne Feinstein may have been enough to avoid a override vote.
That would be a blow to families of 9/11 victims, who have campaigned for the law — convinced that the Saudi government had a hand in the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Declassified documents showed US intelligence had multiple suspicions about links between the Saudi government and the attackers, but no link has definitively been proven.
“While in the United States, some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government,” a finding read.
But a victory for the White House could help ease relations with Saudi Arabia, already strained by Obama’s engagement with Iran and the July release of a secret report on Saudi’s involvement in the attacks.
A senior Saudi Prince reportedly threatened to pull billions of dollars out of US assets if it becomes law, but Saudi officials now distance themselves from that alledged threat.
The White House is getting some backing from diplomatic allies who share concerns about the United States becoming a venue for citizens to sue governments.
In a diplomatic protest note obtained by AFP,  the European Union warned the rules would be “in conflict with fundamental principles of international law.”
“State immunity is a central pillar of the international legal order,” the “demarche” noted, adding that other countries could take “reciprocal action.”
In a letter to lawmakers, also seen by AFP, former secretary of defense William Cohen, former CIA boss Michael Morell and Stephen Hadley, George W. Bush’s national security advisor were among a group of high profile security figures to warn the legislation would hurt US interests.
“Our national security interests, our capacity to fight terrorism and our leadership role in the world would be put in serious jeopardy,” they said. (The people of the united States could well STAND to have the U.S.A. crime syndicate LOSE its ‘leadership role’ .  Our nation is HATED for the CRIMES this syndicate commits worldwide in OUR name, crimes the people do not support.)

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Total 10 comments
  • Big deal. If it was passed unanimously all they need to do is override the veto. It only take’s 2/3 rds.

  • Obama doesn’t want to stop the terror porn? I’m shocked!

    Where were these outraged people when he claimed the right to kill you without a trial? I’m just wondering.

  • Another FF operation designed to make the negro look good to become the next UN Secretary General to start HAMMERING America from there and, thereby, get his TURD TERM??? :twisted:

  • Odumma the nignog is scared i cant wait till he is gone .your day is comming you black basterd

  • The saudis did not shoot a cruise missile into the pentagon, nor demolish three buildings in NYC with explosives. Stop the dog and pony show. Trump you damm stooge!

    • Stooge? Maybe not.
      What good does it do, (for ones credibility), to holler truth, when you have no evidence, because it was all disposed of in a few months?
      The ones that DID the deed are most certainly dead (NO, NOT referring to 19 patsy’s), and the ones that ORDERED the deed are still laughing at the bank.
      This many YEARS later… There’s not enough evidence left to convict anyone in a kangaroo court.
      911 was JFK 2.0.

    • 5he Mossad planted th W54 micro pit nukes that destroyed the buildings not the Saudis. …..but people are dumb and will fall for almost anything

  • Campaign for UN Sec General underway. This is the election no one in the media is paying attention. Different voting blocs. He looks good to the Saudi, but counts on the override if veto. Think globally, as the rest of the world is. Linda Joy Adams

  • Keep it up POTUS! I’m pretty sure you’re diggin your own grave! I’m pretty sure you and yours won’t be retireing in the comfort you imagined.

  • The title was a little misssleading. I though they voted not to allow them to sue and Obama denies that, but it appears it’s just as expected: him against the people.

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